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Bianca leads the way as World Games action begins
- Updated: July 26, 2013
By Mark Etheridge
in Cali, Colombia
Twenty-one-year-old gymnast Bianca Zoonekynd kickstarted Team South Africa’s World Games campaign into action on Thursday night.
The 2013 version of the Games got underway in spectacular fashion with a packed stadium being treated to displays of acrobatics and stunning South American routines by hundreds of fleet-footed dancers.
As the more than 100 teams marched into the stadium, each behind an official Colombian flagbearer, the crowd erupted each time a South American nation hit the track.
South Africa were also given a rousing applause as they entered, Zoonekynd proudly waving an SA flag, sandwiched between Syria and Sweden.
World Games President Ron Froelich, formerly of South Africa welcomed the gathered nations: “I wish all the competitors the very best of luck. Gracias Cali!”
Also in attendance was International Olympic Committee (IOC) president Jacques Rogge.
Addressing the enthusiastic crowd in Spanish, he said: “Competitors must strive to do their utmost for their sport and their country and practice sport for fair play, with tolerance and no doping.”
South Africa has participation in two sports on Friday with the lifesaving code first up with morning heats. Then just after midday it’s Gabi Viljoen in the lifesaving discipline. It’s also the official practice day for Gabriel Badenhorst in the compound archery.